Ways for Teens to Build Confidence


Teenage years can be very challenging as we develop into adults. Not only are their many changes in our own lives, the environment around us is continually changing. The demands of life can affect how we view ourselves. How we are supposed to look. How we are supposed to act. What clothes we should wear. And WHO we should be as a person. This can really have a profound effect on our self-confidence.


As difficult as life can be, there are several things we can do to build confidence in ourselves.


Exercise!

Exercise releases endorphins which are hormones that make us feel good! Exercise also builds strength, cardiovascular health, and flexibility. The physical benefits of exercise also have psychological benefits that help build self-confidence.


Always seek opportunities for self-improvement.

Rather than dwelling on perceived self-weaknesses, put that mental energy into searching for ways to improve upon a particular skill. Seek out people are good at what you want to be good at and pick their brain for ways to improve. Even the greatest of all time were once beginners.


Balance self-improvement with self-awareness.

It is important to remember that NOBODY IS PERFECT. And despite what the world may tell you, nobody expects you to be perfect. It’s okay to not be good at something. Always look for opportunities to improve on weaknesses but more importantly, put energy into maximizing your strengths! Always bet on yourself!


Practice positive self-talk

Imagine your best friend came to you and told you they were not happy with themselves or that they weren’t feeling “good enough.” As their best friend you would probably reassure them that they are in fact good enough, right! Well, treat yourself like your best friend! Remind yourself that you are “good enough” and reinforce all the good things about you!


Do something that you fear!

FEAR stands for “False Evidence that Appears Real”. Yes, scary things are…scary. Until you do them and realize you didn’t have much to fear in the first placeEating healthy foods, staying away from drugs and alcohol, drinking enough water and getting plenty of sleep (Naps, for the win!) show a great deal of self-respect. You are worth it!


“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

-Dr. Suess


Jason Chrapek